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We then headed home, through the channel and back to the hotel. In some parts it is very narrow so quite remarkable how the boat gets through - especially at that speed. Once back at the Casa, we had yet another stunning lunch on the roof terrace. After which I opted to skip the swimming and spent the afternoon inside my room, out of the sun. The heat is something else here so I thought it was safest to keep ...
... behind as most of them still speak Mayan as their main language. We stop en route at a Mayan village which is run with help from guides like Galo to raise money from tourists. Unlike the stop on the way to Chichen Itza this does seem far more authentic, in terms of quality and money going to the people, rather than creamed off for the government or healthy commissions for the tour companies. The ancient Maya traded in coffee beans and like all the peoples of Mesoamerica had ...
... attractive...take your guesses as to who it was.... The next day was helped a great deal by happy hour as it managed to stave off a hung over, but the tiredness was too much for us, so we had an early night. The next day’s beaching was some of the most enjoyable and including a trip to the ruins that overlook the ocean, possibly one of the first points at which the Spanish invaders saw any indigenous peoples in America. As our last night in Tulum, we ...
So on Sunday we had a really chilled out day, lots of swimming in the pool and drinking beer. In the evening we were sitting in our lounge which is open to the world, we were joined by a little visitor, as a small snake wended its way down one of our walls. It was actually quite slight and we weren't bothered by it, but then Dad decided to catch it in the swimming pool cleaning net and set it free. So we were following Dad out to the beach and ...
... the barman was like cinco minutes por favour, and took off his shoes, grabbed his machete, climbed up the coconut tree and cut down a whole bunch of coconuts and picked them up chopped the top off, put a straw in it and gave it to me haha, it was the best freshest coco ever!
On Saturday we went to the ruins of Tulum (supposedly last inhabited by the Mayans in AD 1200-1521) they are all on the coastline, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Sky Hotel Tankah
It has been a positive experience from our first email to Janice to our final goodbye to Tony the manager.
Beautifully appointed room, right down (or up) to the blue sky painted vaulted ceiling. Supremely comfortable bedding, excellent shower with ample hot water and pressure. Lovely location; you are truly right on the beach. Quality of snorkeling from shore will depend on weather and your sensibilities. It is rocky and shallow for a ways out, so access is tricky. We had windy conditions, which made for poor water clarity, but there was a lot to be seen. There is no longer a buoy to tie up to with the hotel kayaks, so you have to swim out, being mindful of the currents. Across the street, snorkeling in the cenote was amazing! Not only did we see myriads of fish, but on a snorkel near sunset we found ourselves close to birds coming in to roost; a green-backed heron actually jumped into the water with us and two white-fronted parrots flew over us. Food at the hotel restaurant was well-prepared and delicious, but the menu is limited, so if you need many choices, be prepared to go out. Breakfast was to our taste--fresh fruit plate with yogurt and granola, toast and coffee. We did find it a bit off-putting that we were expected to pay for our dinners every night instead of at the end of our stay, particularly when the restaurant got busy one night and we waited forever for our check. I would say this is an example of the "eccentric" nature referred to in earlier reviews, but all in all, our requests were cheefully fulfilled and we truly enjoyed our 4-night stay.
I couldn't agree more with the review by A TripAdvisor User, Charlotte, NC. Pretty much exactly what I would have written about the Blue Sky. Yes it is quirky and the Italian manager is eccentric to say the least but the rooms are lovely and well decorated and are kept nice and clean. We too stayed in a Junior Suite - I would recommend for the extra room - with a terrace facing right on to the beach.There is a small Italian restaurant run by the eccentric caretaker - good food - but also some really good places in Tulum (Don Cafeto for great breakfasts and authentic Mexican food, Zamas at Tulum beach also nice although slightly pretentious!) - and next door Casa Cenote not bad. I would recommend car hire since it would be a bit tricky without one.The Cenote behind the hotel is beautiful for swimming in. Beach is rocky so not so good - although very beautiful - loads of Pelicans etcAll in all a great little place for a relaxing break. We stayed 8 days and then went on to Maroma for another week (I have also reviewed this). Would definately return.Finally - a trip to the Sian K'aan reserve is a must - get Toni at the hotel to organise it for you.
We recently stayed at Blue Sky. It really is a lovely place to go and get away, while avoiding the "resort" world of Cancun. We stayed in one of the Junior Suites and it had a nice amount of room and was "done" very tastefully. There are some quirky things about staying at Blue Sky, or any of the hotels in the Tulum (lower Riviera Maya) areas, but you do have to set your expectations correctly for the area you are visiting. If you are really intense and have a service expectation that is rarely met wherever you go --- it won't be met here either.
I just returned from a week in the Yucatan -- we spent 3 nights at Blue Sky and I didn't want to leave it! You can't ask for a more beautiful or tranquil setting, but with lots to do nearby. We had a suite with a HUGE balcony overlooking the ocean. When we arrived there were fresh flowers in the room -- in fact, the word "bienvenidos" was actually spelled out in petals on the bed! Besides the kayaks there for the guests' use, there's a cenote right across the street which was amazing. Just down the road are the ruins at Tulum and a little further is Coba. It was just so relaxing and beautiful. The management was wonderful. Mariana and Eduardo went out of their way to assist us with whatever we needed. We had a great meal at the restaurant, and there are some other places to dine locally as well. The entire experience was exceptional --- I can't wait to return!
I noticed that one of the other reviewers had a horrible experience, but my wife and I stayed there for three nights on our honeymoon during the first week of August and we had the time of our lives! Sure, one of the kayaks had a sloooow leak, but the other one didn't. Besides when you put a kayak in the water and water leaks in then should you still take it out??? The property manager was the most generous and helpfull person we met during our two week honeymoon. Also, Tony, the resident Italian chef was beyond awesome. If someone had a bad time at the hotel it had to be that person's problem because we had a spectacular time!
Also, the cenote behind the hotel is soooo refreshing.
Management change Nov. 2002 - a great new addtion to Blue Sky Hotel
Hola,Blue Sky Hotel takes pride in offering a tranquil, luxury atmosphere with all the little quirks you deserve on your vacation. We did a complete management change in November 2002 for the exact reasons mentioned above in another review. Mariana and Eduardo are newly weds and the most worderful, helpful people - we are very lucky to have them on board. As reservation manager - I recieve emails all the time from clients once they get back home from there vacation - about this great couple and the services supplied at Blue Sky.Warm RegardsJanice SpateReservation ManagerBlue Sky Hotel
The worst experience I have ever had
The Blue Sky was the worst experience I have ever had in Mexico. I have traveled all over Mexico and stayed in some very budget places. The Blue Sky was going to be a luxury experience; air conditioning, kayacks, pretty etc. The place was very pretty. However, there were nasty bugs in the room, the manager wouldn't turn on the air conditioner, took the kayack out; turned out it had a hole and overturned me on a sharp rock, the manager was verbally abusive. I complained to the management company and they did not offer to refund any money. This was August 2002. Maybe its different now. I wouldn't bet on it.
The managers at Blue Sky, Mariana and Eduardo,were very friendly, warm and accommodating.The restaurant has a very good chef, Tony, with an Italian flare. All of his dishes were very fresh and tasty. Upon our arrival to our suite we were greeted with fresh cut flowers, beautiful furnishings, ans the most comfortable bed I have slept in. The mattresses had a memory foam pad. The towels were folded in the shape of swans and everthing was very clean. The housekeepers must love their jobs.We snorkled, kayaked and rode bikes, and went to the town of Tulum and the very nice beaches there. We also went to nearby Puerto Aventuras to swim with the dolphins and to Playa del Carmen and took the ferry to Cozumel for a day trip. WE had a fantastick week. You can make Blue Sky as busy or as restful as you want. We definately go back. I still crave Tony's fresh fish!